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You can now search for field school opportunities through the AnthroGuide database! 

The following is a list of field school opportunities. The American Anthropological Association does not advocate for or against these institutions, but merely supplies information. Contact Liz Myers, AAA's AnthroGuide coordinator to discuss options for promoting your school.

 

AnthroGuide schools:

 The Archaeology Southwest/University of Arizona Upper Gila Preservation Archaeology Field School

 Description: The Archaeology Southwest/University of Arizona Upper Gila Preservation Archaeology Field School is now accepting applications for our 2018 field season at the 14th-century Gila River Farm site in Cliff, NM.  Qualifying undergraduates will receive a stipend from the National Science Foundation's REU program to support their attendance.  Applications are due March 5, and the field season is May 28-July 5.  For more information please see our website, www.archaeologysouthwest.org/field-school.

 Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Description: Crow Canyon Archaeological Center offers field school programs for high school, college undergraduate, and graduate students. Learn the fundamental techniques of archaeological site identification and recording, excavation, and basic artifact processing and analyses. Evening programs, field trips, service learning projects, and attending public events expand on these essential skills and present real-world opportunities to learn about and practice archaeology. The field school is certified as RPA-5 by the Register of Professional Archaeologists. Visit our High School Field School and College Field School pages or email fieldschool@crowcanyon.org for more information.

Design Ethnography Certificate

Description: The Boise State University Online Design Ethnography Certificate helps prepare students for emerging careers in qualitative research and user experience research. The certificate facilitates hands-on experiences and applications of ethnographic methods in online classes offered every 8 weeks, with capstone project. Flexible options with single classes or intensive semester immersed in all courses. For more information see site or contact Dr. Kendall House or GA for the certificate.

Ecuador Andes-Amazon Ethnographic Field School, now in its eleventh year, is currently accepting application from 2018 (May 31-June 31). Appalachian State

​ ​Description:University's Department of Anthropology and the AppState Ethnography Lab lead this program which is split between a community on the shores of the Napo River, one of the main tributaries that create the Amazon River, and historic districts of Quito. This program will give students the opportunity to learn about indigenous culture and receive language training in Kichwa, by working with a community in the Ecuadorian Amazon, then returning to Quito to study cultural representation, architecture, and urban ethnography. See https://anthro.appstate.edu/research/field-schools/ethnographic-and-linguistic-field-schools/summer-2009-2018-ecuador.  We encourage anyone who is interested to contact the program co-director, Dr. Jon Carter, for further information, at carterjh@appstate.edu

Huari-Ancash Bio-Archaeological Research Project Field School 2018. Perú

Description: The aim of this archaeology and bioarchaeology field school is to learn of the lifestyle of the prehispanic population in Peru Highlands. Our project revolves around funeral aspects and ancestral cults. We are undertaking archaeological excavations in order to obtain information which helps us understand these subjects. The project is supported by Instituto de Estudios Huarinos under direction of Bebel Ibarra Asencios, Researcher of Department of Anthropology. Tulane University. For more information visit https://arqueologiadeancashenglish.blogspot.com/ or contact Margarita Brikyte at archaeology_huari.ancash@yahoo.com

Rutgers University Archaeological Field School in Italy

Description: (July 8 to August 5, 2018). This is a Rutgers University Study Abroad summer program that endeavors to teach undergraduate and graduate students archaeological field skills and methods. At the end of the field school students earn either 6 or 3 Rutgers credits. For 2018 we will be working on the Roman-era villa site (ca. 100 BCE to 200 CE) near the village of Vacone, ca. 50 km north of Rome. For more information see our website (http://fieldschool.rutgers.edu) or contact Prof. Gary D. Farney (gfarney@rutgers.edu).

UMass Amherst Bioarchaeology & Forensic Anthropology Field School

 Description: The UMass Amherst Bioarchaeology & Forensic Anthropology field school incorporates innovative teaching methodologies, state-of-the-art technology, and student-centered learning to create a unique field experience that prepares students for the job market, graduate school, or further study in related fields. This 6-week field course based in Amherst, Massachusetts introduces students to the role of the biological anthropologist, archaeologist and forensic scientist in the excavation, examination, and interpretation of human remains. Throughout the course, students will learn how professionals work in the field, examine ethical issues and guidelines, and explore questions of what constitutes violence and how we recognize evidence of violence on human remains and material objects.

 University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2018 Archaeology Field School

Description: The UNL Anthropology Department in collaboration with the Nebraska State Historical Society is offering a six-week field school in the scenic Sand Hills of central Nebraska.  This project aims to provide baseline data about past human use of this poorly known area through a combination of survey and excavation.  Students will learn how to 1) conduct a surface survey, 2) locate and map archaeological sites, 3) identify and document artifacts, 4) excavate archaeological sites, and 5) record soils, cultural strata, and features.  Students will also have opportunities to learn about and try their hand at various prehistoric technologies such as flintknapping, pottery making, atlatl throwing, and more

 

Other resources:

Archaeology Field School and Volunteer Directory 

Description: Searchable by city, state, country, and region. 

Archaeology Fieldwork 

Institute for Field Research 

Description: The Institute for Field Research (IFR) offers dozens of archaeology field schools across the world.  IFR field schools are intensive research-based programs, where students are part of research projects.  IFR field schools are annually peer-reviewed by leading scholars in the field.

Passport in Time

Description: A volunteer program of the USDA Forest Service.

Shovelbums

 Description:  The archaeology and CRM professional's resource for jobs, news and gear + new international field schools directory.

 

Other schools:

Fieldwork Opportunities with DigVentures

Description: DigVentures is an innovative social enterprise committed to developing and delivering collaborative archaeology projects. Our projects are open to anyone, regardless of experience or whether you are enrolled as a university students. You can view current projects on DigVentures calendar

Human Osteology Laboratory Intensive 

Description: Human Osteology Laboratory Intensive at Flinders University provides students with a detailed introduction to the human skeleton. The program runs from 30 October- 3 November, 2017. For more information email Donald.Pate@flinders.edu.au

Caherconnell Archaeology Field School

Description: Caherconnell Archaeology Field School provides unforgettable archaeological experiences within the unique Burren region in Western Ireland, in partnership with the National University of Ireland in Galway.

OSEA — The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology

Description: OSEA — The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology (since 2004) offers ethnography field school for undergraduates, graduate students and post-degree non-students.  OSEA offers Four and Six Week summer programs and an Intensive Maya Language Immersion program (FLAS eligible). Please contact Prof. Quetzil Castañeda for more information quetzil@osea-cite.org. Visit our website for information and our Facebook page for photos, student research, videos and current news.

The Irish Fieldschool of Prehistoric Archaeology 

Description: Offered through the National University of Ireland, Galway, this is the only archaeological field school singularly focused on Ireland's prehistory

Center for American Archaeology

Description: Offers variety of programs for all ages.

Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History  

Description: Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History offers four weeks of intensive training in seminars and hands-on workshops at the museum and at an off-site collections facility. Students are introduced to the scope of collections and their potential as data.  Students become acquainted with strategies for navigating museum systems, learn to select methods to examine and analyze museum specimens, and consider a range of theoretical issues that collections-based research may address. 

The School for Field Studies (SFS) 

Description: Provider of environmental field study abroad programs for American undergraduate students in Australia, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Kenya, Mexico, Tanzania and Turks & Caicos Islands.

Achill Archaeological Field School

Description: (May 7–September 7 2018). We run hands-on, accredited excavation and survey courses, with up to 9 Semester Credit Hours available from NUI Galway. In 2018 we will excavate at two post-medieval deserted settlements on Achill Island, Keem Bay and Caraun Point. This ongoing research has provided an unparalleled glimpse into everyday life in pre-Famine Ireland, and offers a significant challenge to popular perceptions of the period. For more information please contact Eve Campbell at info@achill-fieldschool.com.

Maya Archaeology in Belize Field Program

Description: The Maya Archaeology in Belize Field Program represents an excellent opportunity for students to develop or extend their field experience through practice in archaeological field techniques within a working archaeological site. Students will be integrated into the on-going research of the Stann Creek Regional Archaeology Project (SCRAP); a unique chance to meet and work alongside associated investigators while experiencing a Maya site before large-scale excavations and consolidation have taken place. Along with instruction and practice in field procedures and techniques, this program will involve in-field lectures and trips to Maya archaeological sites and other attractions in the region.

Cuba Ethnographic Field School – Summer 2018

Description: Cuba Ethnographic Field School – Summer 2018 combines courses in Contemporary Cuban Culture and Methods in Ethnography. Students will produce an audio-visual text (short film and/or podcast) about a topic related to the work of a Cuban scholar participating at CASCA-Cuba as well as conduct small-scale ethnographic exercises (observation, participant observation and interview) that will provide a concrete experience in conducting ethnographic fieldwork in a different cultural and linguistic context.

The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Fieldschool

Description: This is not an ordinary field school - this is a ‘Training Field School’ where delegates learn about all aspects of archaeological excavation and receive hands on training and learning from archaeological professionals in the heart of Sherwood Forest. It is an opportunity for archaeologists of all backgrounds and experience levels to improve their skills and knowledge as part of a hands on learning excavation in the heart of Sherwood Forest. http://mercian-as.co.uk/fieldschool.html. The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Fieldschool focuses on the hunting lodge and palatial enclosure of the King’s Houses, now known as King John’s Palace, and the designed landscape that surrounded it. King John’s Palace was the Royal Heart of Sherwood Forest in the Medieval period. The site was visited by 8 medieval kings of England from Henry II to Richard II. 

Recent Archaeological work by Mercian Archaeological Services CIC has helped to reveal the size and importance of the site, and has also interpreted the surrounding lordship as a ‘designed’ medieval romantic hunting landscape. The palace was sat at the heart of medieval Sherwood Forest and provided amenities for hunting, royal retreat, and the entertaining of foreign royalty and important members of society. As part of the field school attendees will have the opportunity to learn all about Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood, outlaws, foresters, the landscape of Sherwood Forest in medieval times, the forest law, courts, offences and judiciary, the Palace at Clipstone, monasteries, chapels and hermitages, hunting parks, Nottingham Castle , Sheriffs and much much more about life in Medieval Sherwood Forest. For more information please see: http://mercian-as.co.uk/fieldschool.html

Northern Ireland Field School: Religion and Conflict Transformation

Description: Northern Ireland Field School: Religion and Conflict Transformation. From May-August 2018. For more information please see: http://jacobrhickman.com/field.html Northern Ireland is a deeply divided society with a rich, but also troubled, history of religious, political and ethno-national conflict. This field school will involve two elements, a research component and a lecture-based conflict transformation component. The research component will involve students receiving intensive training in ethnographic research methods. Students will also be embedded in religious communities in Belfast, where they will apply their research training by collecting data (interviews and participant observation) in these communities. The other component of this program will be carried out in collaboration with the Queen's University Belfast Conflict Transformation Summer School. This portion of the program will involve learning about the history of the troubles in Northern Ireland, as well as its post-conflict present, by comparing the strife between Catholics and Protestants with other ethno-religious conflicts around the world. 

Adelphi University Late Pleistocene Archaeology Field School in Alaska

Description: Adelphi University Late Pleistocene Archaeology Field School in Alaska. Taught by experienced faculty with student-instructor ratios among the lowest available (3:1), this program emphasizes a range of experiential learning opportunities. Already have a field school experience but looking something more, we also offer advanced programs for graduate credit. For more information or to apply online visit http://anthropology.adelphi.edu/alaska.

Balkan Heritage Field School

Description: Balkan Heritage Field School was founded in 2008 by the Balkan Heritage Foundation, Bulgaria. It is an ongoing program for practice-oriented educational courses in the fields of archaeology and conservation taught in English for both​ ​academic and non-academic audiences from around the globe.​  For more information about our projects, please see https://www.bhfieldschool.org/

Aditu Medieval Archaeology Field School 2018

Description: The Aditu Medieval Archaeology Field School is a research project investigating the origins of the medieval Sanctuary of San Miguel in Excelsis, at the top of the Aralar mountain in Navarre (Spain). Although previous excavations at San Miguel de Aralar have focused on the excavation of burials at the cemetery, the discovery of unusual and previously unknown structures associated to the Sanctuary in 2017 has led to the need for further investigation relating to the extent and purpose of these recently uncovered structures. This excavation will form part of the larger study of the population of this part of Navarre during the medieval period.

Aditu Osteology Summer School 2018

Description: The Aditu Osteology Summer School is a research project investigating human burials at the medieval Sanctuary of San Miguel in Excelsis, at the top of Aralar mountain in Navarre (Spain). The 2018 season will focus on the on-site analysis of the remains recovered from the medieval cemeteries of San Miguel de Aralar and Zamartze. Limited excavation will take place at the site to expose more architectural structures, while the Summer School will concentrate on post-excavation work in the field laboratories directly on the human remains recovered from the site.

CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods

Description: The Comitas Institute for Anthropological Study (CIFAS) is pleased to announce the 11th CIFAS Field School in Ethnographic Research Methods, in New York City. The goal of the Field School is to offer training in the foundations and practice of ethnographic methods. The faculty works closely with participants to identify the required field methods needed to address their academic or professional needs. The Field School is suitable for graduate and undergraduate students in social sciences and other fields of study that use qualitative approaches (such as education, communication, cultural studies, health, social work, human ecology, development studies, consumer behavior, among others), applied social scientists, professionals, and researchers who have an interest in learning more about ethnographic methods and their applications.

The Blackfriary Archaeology Field School

Description: The Blackfriary Archaeology Field School is based in Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland, excavating a medieval Dominican Friary (founded in 1263) partly demolished in the 1750’s, and the associated cemetery. Finola O’Carroll MA MRPA has been directing the excavations since 2010. Dr. Rachel Scott, of de Paul University, Chicago, is the Principal Investigator for the bioarchaeology project. The site has produced a highly significant array of finds, including stained glass, ceramics, copper alloy objects and ecofacts such as animal bone and charred seeds. It is apparent that the cemetery served the townspeople, and continued in use into the post-medieval period and beyond.The site is publicly owned, and there is a strong community/public archaeology focus, which frames the work. We work with the associated BCHAP (Blackfriary Community Heritage Archaeology Project) to regenerate the space for community use and benefit and are closely allied to various local groups.The field school is accepting students for the Spring course and the summer courses. We also run an internship program. Trim is home to Ireland’s largest Anglo-Norman castle, which featured in the film ‘Braveheart’. For further information please contact info@bafs.ie

Adelphi University: Archaeological Anthropology in Crete

Description: This yearly summer project in Eleutherna-Crete, Greece, focuses on a four field anthropological perspective involving the excavation, recovery, and study of the human skeletal remains and funerary customs and practices at the burial ground of Orthi Petra, the lab analysis of the Aposelemis Neolithic burial ground skeletal collection, as well as technical field/lab drawing tutorials in archaeology, physical anthropology. Human ecology with emphasis in the botanical/medicinal use of plants since antiquity and the cultural dynamics of village and city life are studied (in Rethymnon, Heraklion, and Chania in Crete, and Oia in Santorini), local cuisine is sampled, museums and archaeological sites from Minoan to post-medieval periods are visited, and cultural events are attended (i.e. art exhibits, musical, dance, and/or theatrical events); for relative information visit https://youtu.be/jBuen9vjfps and contact Dr. A. Agelarakis (agelarakis@adelphi.edu).

The Bronze Age Körös Off-Tell Archaeological (BAKOTA) Field School

Description: The Bronze Age Körös Off-Tell Archaeological (BAKOTA) Field School is a summer undergraduate research program sponsored by Quinnipiac University and the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site program. Students accepted into the program will work with an international, multidisciplinary research team on the bioarchaeological analysis of a Middle Bronze Age cemetery in eastern Hungary. Student travel, housing, food, field trip fees, etc. will be covered by the NSF in addition to a $500/week stipend (total $3,000). Eight Fellows will be selected from the pool of applicants. Eligibility: students must be a US citizen or permanent resident, and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. Application Deadline: March 2, 2018 Field School Dates: July 3 - August 16, 2018 Field School Location: Hungary

 

 Disclaimer: The America Anthropological Association does not advocate for or against these institutions, but merely supplies information.



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